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Old 01-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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There seems to be little information being shared regarding RC Cars and RC Aircraft sharing the same location. Has anyone had or have any experience with this issue? What are the advantages, disadvantages, pros, cons? Our club had free access to a mining property, but this also depends on having the MAAC insurance cover this field. I also assume that if RC Cars are included, then they too would have to have to have MAAC insurance in order to keep this field available. I'm sure there is more to it, but I would like to hear from everyone, and anyone with some experience. No sense re-inventing the wheel!!!
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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Re: RC Cars vs RC Aircraft

I know MAAC does have some vehicle coverage. Some of our member (me included) run cars/trucks around in between flights. I also let my kids run them to keep them out of my hair. We have never had anyone without aircraft or maac run them? We have discussed putting in a track or crawler area for crappy weather and possibly to bring in new members. I am interested to see where this leads to.
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Re: RC Cars vs RC Aircraft

There is a similar, cheaper racing insurance ($25USD and $35USD for the club cost) called R.O.A.R. (www.roarracing.com) which is specifically for sanctioned ground RC races and practices albeit less insurance (~$1 million, if my memory is correct). While I'm sure MAAC would have issues if you were running at the same time, they might be ok with you racing on different nights with no one in the air and your venue might be ok with the smaller insurance amount. I presume the damage most RC cars could cause compared with that of a plane is a bit less hence the cheaper cost and lower coverage level. The other option is a separate insurance rider for your surface RC club although, it might cost more than the ROAR one.

That's my personal opinion and whatever you end up doing should be investigated fully.
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It would also depend on whether it is nitro RC cars or electric RC cars.

Guys flying their planes would be pretty upset if there were Nitro RC cars tearing around behind them constantly. The nitro cars get pretty noisy and annoying after a while
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Re: RC Cars vs RC Aircraft

Are you talking about running cars on the runway area while planes are flying or having a car track next to the flying field? If so, would the car track be a fly-over area?

There is a local field here that is on city owned land. The flying field has been there since the 70's but a few years ago the city decided to re-locate a car track to the same land and for a while, we did have a conflict as AFTER the city moved the track, thier lawyers determined there was a liability issue having both aircraft and cars operating at the same time.

It took a long time and a changing of the guard with the local MAAC people in order to sort things out so that we could co-exist. The car track does have thier own insurance and is run sepparately from the airfield. I would recommend this as the way to go as long as you keep all the stakeholders informed.

Here is a video of a flyover of the field and surrounding area:

At 0:18 and 0:47 seconds you can see a clearing in the trees at the bottom fo the frame where the car track is located relative to the field.


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Not talking about using same area at all. A separate area would be better for sure. The question wad among our members. I expect there may advantages, but it would azppear that disadvantages might prevail.. No decisions will be made quickly, and all the input here is very helpful arriving at the best decision. The more information we have, the better. I'm anxious to hear more if there is more out there
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